Post World War II

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Messrs Matthews and Hitchins - war or not - were equally determined that Argaum should re-start as soon as normality returned. Peter was sadly blinded on war service with a bomb disposal unit, nevertheless, one of his first enquiries of Tom Hitchins was "What are you going to do about Argaum?", which was hardly necessary to fortify Tom’s already well founded determination. The geasons had, during the war, been taken over by the Local Authority and there built a "British Restaurant" where, without the surrender of food coupons the locals could obtain a three course meal for the equivalent of 7.5p, so that after only a brief period, the Club had lost the only ground it had ever had.

With the war over, Tom Hitchins, with the aid of a pre-war address book, and a public advertisement in the local press, called a meeting on the 15th July 1946 at the Lockyer Hotel, presided over, (inevitably?) By Leslie Paul. The meeting produced a total of 20 bodies and three apologies for absence, Alf Beer, Peter Matthews and one other, who offered all help short of playing - and then found themselves turning out for several seasons. A call for potential players at the meeting resulted in four hands being raised and doubtless carried away by this display of playing strength, plus a hidden supply of shirts and a credit balance of £4.6.9d. in the hands of Doug Adams the Pre-war treasurer, the meeting unanimously supported a proposition to restart in Season 1946 - 47. And equally unanimously, and doubtless with considerable relief - elected Tom Hitchins Hon. Sec. And Leslie Paul President. Tony Birnage would have been Captain, but shortly before season opened his Company moved him away from Plymouth, so that Lester Neal - a Pre-war player - started the seasons Captain. Of necessity much reliance was placed in this the first post-war season, had to be placed on pre-war players, largely 2nd XV performers. From here on, for a very considerable period, completed fixture cards are readily available.

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